Niños buenos vs. niños malos: Etnoteorías de un grupo de madres guatemaltecas

  • Paola Garcia Egan Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • Ruby Batz Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • Danielle Pauley Saint Louis University
  • Judith L. Gibbons Saint Louis University
  • Brien K. Ashdown Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Abstract

Parental ethnotheories, or parents’ beliefs about their children’s development, provide a framework for cultural transmission of values and behaviors. In this study we aimed to understand Guatemalan mothers’ beliefs about children’s learning, what is “good” and “bad” behavior, and the desired qualities of grown-up children. Twenty-two low-income mothers (ages 20 through 70) were interviewed about their beliefs with respect to learning and desired qualities of children. Mothers reported that good children are obedient and respectful, behaviors that they learn from their parents. Good girls help with housework and boys study hard. Bad children are disobedient and disrespectful, behaviors that they learn from their friends or “on the street.” Grown-up children were expected to be hard-working and respectful. It will be important to understand how these parental beliefs are instantiated in mothers’ parenting behavior in the changing diverse context of Guatemalan society.

Author Biographies

Paola Garcia Egan, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Assistant Professor and Staff member of the Psychology Department of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Ruby Batz, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Judith L. Gibbons, Saint Louis University

Professor of Psychology and International Studies

Editor, International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, & Consultation
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President
Interamerican Society of Psychology
Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología (SIP)

Brien K. Ashdown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Published
2015-05-03
How to Cite
Garcia Egan, P., Batz, R., Pauley, D., Gibbons, J. L., & Ashdown, B. K. (2015). Niños buenos vs. niños malos: Etnoteorías de un grupo de madres guatemaltecas. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 48(2). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v48i2.258